Short characterization




RANKING 2000 - 2008

OG   2000


WL   2001


WCh 2002


WC   2003


OG   2004


WL   2005


WCh 2006


WC   2007


OG   2008



After two tight victories against VEN and JPN (score in both cases: 3:2) in group A, China reached the quarter finals; but later, they clearly lost against BRA with a score of 0:3 and came in on position 6 in the end.


Team in general

·         China “youngest“average age 25,6; without libero) and, besides BRA, “shortest“ team with little international experience (average 60 matches) – 9 players played during WCh in 2006!

·         Way of playing/concept of playing adjusted to European teams – regarding: distribution of functions, specialization and organisation of matches from reception and/or defence.

·         Since WCh 2006, individual and group tactical behaviour improved – utilization of computer-assisted analysis of matches.



All in all serves not efficient as yet (jump/floater) – only 0.52 points by set; lack of variation and stability; No 8 Cui (rank 8) best server of the team.



·         Instable reception in case of hard, variable jump serves – sometimes also in case of floaters.

·         Reception in 3-player formation – 4-player formation against very powerful jump serves.


Set / Attack Complex 1 and Complex 2

·         After a good reception, setter No 9 Jiao tries to organize the match fast – with No 1 Bian in the middle of the net, the attack is more flexible and unpredictable – when they organize their playing well and set precisely, the team can finish attacks successfully!

·         Attack in complex I: Fast and variable playing after good reception – distribution of balls still too one-sided – lack of options for setting from 3-m zone.

·         Attack in complex II: in transitional situations (defence and safety) against a group block,   not enough striking force – weakness in finishing attacks.  

·         All in all, efficiency of attack in complex I and II still too low (no TOP scorer).

Block / Defence

·         Difference in performance in block situations when compared to the top four (1.6 compared to 3.0 – 3.2 avg points by set).

·         Low efficiency in serves, causes difficult blocking situations for the team – more successful in group blocks on outside positions; deficits in individual and group tactical behaviour in case of opponents good reception. 

·         Receivers in backcourt attack 6 (Pipe) usually go to pos. 6 – here, libero changes to pos. 5; MB No 11 Yu and No 1 Bian vary accordingly and go to pos. 5/6 after their own serve.